Why is an eighth of marijuana important to know? I am so far in the 'marijuana fishbowl' that I often forget that most people aren't. There are a lot of new marijuana consumers entering the 'cannabis space' as it's now being referred to, and there are even more people coming back to the marijuana world from a long hiatus. Marijuana is now legal in four states and Washington D.C., and as the new laws are implemented in those states, I'd expect to see this trend continue. As a result, I'll be posting some articles that seem probably too simple to marijuana veterans, but involve answers to questions I've been getting from newbies.
I remember when I was growing up, and there was no Google searching abilities, I had to begrudgingly ask one of my friends or family members questions about marijuana slang and other marijuana related things that I needed answers too. I was always embarrassed, because they were things that it seemed most other marijuana fans already knew. But, without being told at least once, there was no way for me to know what people were talking about. A question that I had early on, and a question that I was recently asked by an older reader who was new to consuming marijuana, is 'what is a marijuana eighth (1/8)?'
An 'eighth' is a marijuana slang term for roughly one eighth of an ounce of marijuana. An eighth is 3.5 grams of marijuana. Now I know, some veterans may be thinking, what do you mean 'roughly one eight of an ounce?' I think even some experience veterans don't realize that 'marijuana math' is a bit off. An ounce in the marijuana world is almost always measured at 28 grams. However, a true ounce weighs 28.375 grams. So one eight of that would be 3.54688 grams. Now before you try to call out your dealer, realize that most scales don't measure 1/100ths of a gram. Also, it has been the socially accepted norm for many decades that an eighth is a flat 3.5 grams.
So, marijuana rookies, there you have it. Now you can go out into the marijuana world and know exactly what people are talking about when they are saying eighth, and you don't have to be embarrassed to ask a marijuana veteran what they mean, like I had to once upon a time. If you have a question that you think is too simple, and you don't want to ask your friends for fear of ridicule, feel free to send me an e-mail and I'll try to answer your questions in article form so that others searching on Google can benefit from your curiosity.